Robert (Bob) Victor McDonald
May 26, 1923 – October 7, 2014
Bob was born May 26, 1923 in Camrose, Alberta to Charles and Lottie McDonald. He was the third of four children, sisters Margaret and Dorothy and brother Chuck. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 at 18 years old and served in active convoy duty for four years in the North Atlantic. He married the love of his life Agnes in 1951 and together they had four children: Bob Jr., Rod, Janet and Gordon. They have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Bob was employed by Imperial Oil Ltd. in 1952 where he remained a dedicated and loyal employee until his retirement in 1982. He held various positions in various locations with the company but he always called Devon his home. In 1978, Bob obtained his professional accounting degree (CMA) and upon his retirement started a public accounting practice in Devon. He became a very active member of the community and over the years he served as a Town Councilor, Mayor of Devon for two terms, Chairman of the Hospital Board, member of the River Valley Alliance, the Library Board and various other community organizations. In 2012, Bob received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services from the Lions Club International Foundation.
Throughout his life Bob was a great sports fan, especially hockey, baseball, football, golf and curling. He loved his Seattle Mariners and Vancouver Canucks and rarely ever missed a game. He was an avid and accomplished golfer and curler. He enjoyed playing crib with Agnes after the supper dishes were cleared. On the artistic side, he enjoyed cross-stitch and has completed 15 large pieces for each family member.
Bob’s proudest achievement however was his family. He relished family gatherings and the opportunity to chat and catch up. Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His jovial spirit and his knack for making everyone feel they were special made Bob a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed and always in our hearts.